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MUSIC TEACHER - MATERNITY COVER. SALARY SCALE NEGOTIABLE (FRINGE)

Westfield Academy, Watford, Hertfordshire

Job details

Job role Suitable for NQTs
Subjects Music, Music
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £25,000,.00 to £45,000,.00

Job summary

PERSON SPECIFICATION – TEACHER OF MUSIC MATERNITY COVER
Over the past few years, GCSE Music has continued to be successful at Westfield Academy. 69% of students achieved a 4-9 grade at GCSE. Our results have been consistently around the national average, we consistently work hard with students, and extra-curricular Music and we want to now move beyond this benchmark. We are also looking forward to introducing A Level Music, allowing our high quality musicians to thrive further through their Music education.
Music is part of a larger faculty, Creative Arts and Design. This comprises of Art, Drama and Design Technology also. The faculty work exceptionally well as we have the opportunity teach within our creative subjects and share good practice but also we collaborate for school productions, showcases, talent shows and exhibitions. There is a sense of collegiately and resourceful teamwork amongst the faculty to inspire our subjects.

The department currently offers the following:
• Computer suite offering Sibelius, noteflight, soundtrap & Music First
• Keyboards, ukuleles, African Drum, Samba kit
• Practice rooms to utilise during class lessons
• Extra-curricular including choir and African drumming
The department are looking for a person who:
• The ability to teach Music throughout the school including A-Level.
• Good curriculum knowledge of KS3 and KS4
• Oversee the work of peripatetic teachers (with administrative support and Head of Faculty) to ensure their work is in line with your vision for music in the school.
• A passion for Music and a good degree in Music, or closely related subject

• Confident in marking compositions and performance at GCSE and A level, in both classical and pop streams of music.

• Articulate and accurate communication. This includes the ability to communicate with a smaller subject specific team and the wider department to ensure high quality lessons are delivered.
• A commitment to raising achievement and providing challenge in the classroom.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Committed to projecting and maintaining the high profile of the Music department throughout the school.
• Willingness to take a full part in extended-curricular activities, including day trips. An interest in developing this aspect to introduce students to wider experiences and opportunities particularly with performance.
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
• IT skills and experience of using ICT in teaching is desirable. Including experience in sibelius and sequencing software.

• Enthusiasm, energy and initiative

A subject teacher is responsible for;
Teaching and Learning
• To plan and deliver high quality, engaging, relevant and well-structured lessons in line with the department’s schemes of work.
• To be accountable for student attainment, progress and outcomes.
• To personalise learning to ensure lessons are accessible and/or challenging for all learners.
• To ensure that homework is an integral part of learning and set according to the departmental policy and school homework timetable, using the Go4Schools system to set and record each homework task.
• Where applicable, to ensure appropriate cover work.
• To keep up to date with national developments in your subject’s pedagogy and practice and to promote and implement them appropriately.

Monitoring, Assessment and Feedback
• To provide appropriate assessment opportunities, including informal ongoing assessment and formal assessments, as determined by the department’s assessment schedule and work in-line with the whole school marking policy.
• To be responsible for providing accurate feedback in line with departmental and school policy.
• To ensure student progress is accurately monitored and reported.
• To support the department in providing appropriate intervention for individuals and groups of students.
• To ensure effective communication with parents, including the reporting process.

Behaviour and the learning environment
• To be responsible for student behaviour in the classroom, ensuring the whole school policy on behaviour is followed.
• To involve the Head of Department and Pastoral and Curriculum Support teams where necessary.
• To provide a positive learning environment for students to learn in the classroom including through high quality and relevant classroom displays.
• To ensure health and safety standards are met.

Personal Development
• To participate in and contribute to department meetings.
• To engage in and build on positive working relationships within the department.
• To reflect and act on feedback and undertake relevant CPD and training as identified.
• To attend departmental and school briefings and meetings.
• To undertake annual reviews in line with the school’s Appraisal Policy for
Teachers.
• To make a positive contribution to the life of the school and exemplify the school vision and values.
• To be involved in the provision of extra-curricular activities within the department.
• To promote, advocate and follow all school policies.

Pastoral responsibilities
• To carry out the responsibilities of a form tutor as outlined in the school handbook.
• To be a form tutor to an assigned group of students.
• To promote the general progress and well-being of individual students and of the form tutor group as a whole.
• To ensure the implementation of the academy’s Pastoral System.
• To register students, accompany them to assemblies, encourage their full attendance at all lessons and their participation in other aspects of academy life.
• To evaluate and monitor the progress of students.
• To alert the appropriate staff to problems experienced by students.
• To communicate as appropriate, with the parents of students.
• To deliver PSHE lessons to a tutor group.
• To apply the Behaviour Management systems so that effective learning can take place.

UPS
Teachers paid on the Upper Pay Scale are expected to demonstrate potential and commitment to undertake professional duties which make a wider contribution (which involves working with adults) beyond their own classroom.
Within this job description, each individual task may not be identified and the post holder may be asked to undertake any other task reasonably requested by the Senior Leadership Team.

Essential educational requirements

degree

Essential qualifications

QTS

Essential skills and experience

• A passion for Music and a good degree in Music, or closely related subject

• Confident in marking compositions and performance at GCSE and A level, in both classical and pop streams of music.

• Articulate and accurate communication. This includes the ability to communicate with a smaller subject specific team and the wider department to ensure high quality lessons are delivered.
• A commitment to raising achievement and providing challenge in the classroom.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Committed to projecting and maintaining the high profile of the Music department throughout the school.
• Willingness to take a full part in extended-curricular activities, including day trips.
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
• IT skills and experience of using ICT in teaching is desirable. Including experience in sibelius and sequencing software.

Employee benefits

CPD

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1079 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Westfield Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email recruitment@westfield.academy

About Westfield Academy

School location

Tolpits Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 6NS